A 72-year-old man was knocked to the ground Friday morning (Dec. 24) and allegedly robbed of $10 by two brothers in the 2600 block of Fordham Street in East Palo Alto, police reported Friday.
The brothers were apprehended after they tried to flee the scene but crashed into a Samtrans bus and were captured about an hour later, Sgt. Jeff Liu reported. He was not seriously injured.
The suspects, identified as Marlyn Clark, 28, and Thomas Clark, 35, stole the victim's wallet.
The duo ran to a waiting vehicle, a 2010 Lexus 4-door, and started to flee the scene, Liu reported. But as they accelerated they collided with a passing Samtrans bus.
They maneuvered around the bus and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Police were initially unable to locate the suspects, but within an hour an East Palo Alto code-enforcement officer saw a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle.
Police detained Thomas Clark and another individual with the vehicle in front of the Clark house. Further investigation revealed Thomas Clark's role in the robbery and the identity of Marlyn Clark as the second suspect.
Police detectives located and arrested Marlyn Clark a short time later as he was attempting to cash an unemployment check at a local market.
Further investigation revealed that the brothers split the $10 the victim had in his wallet and discarded the wallet in Menlo Park. The wallet was recovered.
The Clark brothers were booked into the San Mateo County Jail for robbery, conspiracy and elder abuse.